2011results_9-18.jpg   JAMAICA, VA (September 18, 2011) - Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN took the lead for good on the 24th lap from Steve Francis of Ashland, KY. He went on to win the rain-shortened Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned USA 100 on Sunday afternoon at Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway. Bloomquist and Francis staged a terrific race for the lead in the first 24 laps of the race until Bloomquist began to pull away. Rain then hit the track and the main event was halted with 31 laps complete. Mike Marlar of Winfield, TN was third followed by Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN and Jamie Lathroum of Mechanicsville, MD.   Francis grabbed the lead at the start with Bloomquist and Steve Shaver in tow. Francis held the lead for most of the race with Bloomquist edging ahead of him on lap seven. Francis quickly charged back by Bloomquist for the lead. The two continued a side-by-side battle with Francis leading the way until lap 24 when Bloomquist passed him exiting turn four in traffic.   Bloomquist swiftly put three lapped cars between himself and Francis. Rain started to fall on lap 31, forcing a red-flag. With more precipitation on the way and being past the half-mark, VMS officials and Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series officials decided to call the event with 19 laps remaining out of the scheduled 50.   It was Bloomquist’ first ever win at Virginia Motor Speedway as he completed the weekend sweep in Virginia. “It sounds good to win both of these races; we had never won at either of these tracks. We knew we would get one eventually, the car was good all day, it was a little hard to pass in the heat race. The tire set up we chose worked great for getting to the bottom and get something done down there,” said the 47-year-old who captured his 13th series win of the year and the 39th of his career.   “Steve (Francis) was running well, he got boxed in some traffic and I was able to get under him. We raced close and clean, we both run Roush-Yates Engines and they were great today. Thanks to the fans for coming out today, it’s a shame the weather didn’t cooperate,” said Bloomquist, who with the win took back over the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Points lead from Owens.   Bloomquist drives his own Bloomquist Race Cars Ford sponsored by Base Racing Fuels, Hawkeye Trucking, Sweet Mfg, Miller Brothers Construction, Hoosier Tires, Lane Automotive, Allstar Performance, Dixie Chopper and Ohlins. His win in the Sunday’s USA 100 was the third of his career with his previous victories coming in 1993 and 1994 when the event was held at Beckley (WV) Motor Speedway.   Francis in his Valvoline, Harbaugh Amusement, MasterSbilt #15 took second in the final results. “We had a real good car today, we went with the smaller motor thinking the track would slick up some and it did. I tried to hold my line there, if we just could have kept the lead for about five more laps we would’ve won, but once Scott got by me, I knew I was in trouble.”   Marlar in the Bryson Motorsports Rocket claimed third and was happy with his run. “To finish third to these guys, it is quite an accomplishment. We’ll take third and go to the next race, I was just waiting for the final 20 laps, and I felt like we had a car that could’ve won.”   Completing the top ten were John Blankenship of Williamson, WV; Steve Shaver of Vienna, WV; Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN; Jason Covert of York Haven, PA; and Dan Stone of Thompson, PA.   In preliminary action, Mike Marlar was the Red Buck Cigars fast qualifier among the 32 entrants. The two-25 lap qualifying heat races went to Steve Francis and Marlar. The B-mains were won by Gary Stuhler and Walker Arthur   The next Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event will be on Friday and Saturday, September 23 and 24 at Brownstown (N) Speedway. On Friday Night will be Red Buck Cigar Time Trials. On Saturday Night will be the heat races, b-mains and the 32nd Annual Jackson 100 paying $20,000 to win. For more information please visit www.brownstownspeedway.com.   For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com, or call the series’ office at (951) 532-2503.  

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Race Summary Sunday, September 18th, 2011 USA 100 Virginia Motor Speedway – Jamaica, VA

Red Buck Cigars Fast Time: Steve Francis / 17.720 seconds (Group A)                                           Mike Marlar / 17.363 seconds (Group B and Overall)   Wiles Driveshafts First Heat (25 Laps- Top 8 Advance): Steve Francis, Steve Shaver, Dale McDowell, Daniel Stone, Ray Cook, Don O’Neal, Kenny Moreland, Eric Wells, Gary Stuhler, Mark PettyJohn, Ryan Hackett, CS Fitzgerald, Steve Casebolt, Davis Lipscomb, Mason Zeigler, Kenny PettyJohn-DNS   Wiles Driveshafts Second Heat (25 Laps- Top 8 Advance): Mike Marlar, Scott Bloomquist, Jamie Lathroum, Brad Neat, Jimmy Owens, John Blankenship, Jason Covert, Earl Pearson Jr., Walker Arthur, Keith Jackson, Roland Mann, Garrett Shoulders, Jared Landers, Tyler Reddick, Ricky Elliott, Chad Hollenbeck-DNS   JRi Shocks First B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Advance): Gary Stuhler, Mark PettyJohn, Steve Casebolt, CS Fitzgerald, Davis Lipscomb, Ryan Hackett, Mason Zeigler-DNS, Kenny PettyJohn-DNS   Wrisco Aluminum Second B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Advance): Walker Arthur, Tyler Reddick, Jared Landers, Ricky Elliott, Roland Mann, Keith Jackson, Garrett Shoulders, Chad Hollenbeck-DNS"USA 100" Feature Finish – 31 Laps: Scott Bloomquist, Steve Francis, Mike Marlar, Jimmy Owens, Jamie Lathroum, John Blankenship, Steve Shaver, Don O'Neal, Jason Covert, Dan Stone, Ricky Elliott, Jared Landers, Gary Stuhler, Eric Wells, Steve Casebolt, Tyler Reddick, Dale McDowell, Kenny Moreland, Brad Neat, Ray Cook, Mark Pettyjohn, Roland Mann, Earl Pearson, Jr., Walker Arthur   "USA 100" Feature Finish – 31 Laps

FINISH START CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN
1 4 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN
2 1 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY
3 2 5b Mike Marlar Winfield, TN
4 10 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN
5 6 6L Jamie Lathroum Mechanicsville, MD
6 12 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV
7 3 6 Steve Shaver Vienna, WV
8 11 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN
9 14 43a Jason Covert York Haven, PA
10 7 21d Daniel Stone Thompson, PA
11 23 88 Ricky Elliott Seaford, DE
12 22 777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR
13 17 17s Gary Stuhler Greencastle, PA
14 15 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY
15 21 c9 Steve Casebolt Richmond, IN
16 20 11t Tyler Reddick Corning, CA
17 5 17m Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA
18 13 24 Kenny Moreland Waldorf, MD
19 8 41n Brad Neat Dunnville, KY
20 9 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC
21 19 8ball Mark Pettyjohn Milton, DE
22 24 55 Roland Mann Chaptico, MD
23 16 44 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL
24 18 87 Walker Arthur Forest, VA

 

Race Statistics

Entrants: 32

Lap Leaders: Steve Francis (Laps 1 – 6); Scott Bloomquist (Lap 7); Steve Francis (Laps 8 – 23); Scott Bloomquist (Lap 24 – 31)

Caution Flags: Tyler Reddick (Lap 9); Ray Cook (Lap 53); Walker Arthur (Lap 12); RAIN (Lap 31)

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: none

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: none

Red Buck Cigars Fast Time Provisionals: Ricky Elliott, Roland Mann

PBM/Erson Cams Hard Charger of the Race: Ricky Elliott (Started 23rd; Finished 11th; Advanced 12 positions)

Allstar Performer of the Race: Steve Francis

K&N Filters Clean Pass of the Race: John Blankenship

Quarter Master Rookie of the Race: Jared Landers

COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Roush-Yates Race Engines

Janowski Insurance Feature Winner: Scott Bloomquist

Outerwears Challenger of the Race: Ricky Elliott

Dominator Race Products Hard Luck Award: Brad Neat

DirtonDirt.com Crew Chief of the Race: Mike Price (Steve Francis)

Time of Race: 17 minutes 10 seconds

  Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

POS CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN POINTS
1 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 6100
2 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 6070
3 71 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN 5475
4 15 Steve Francis Ashland, KY 5220
5 777 Jared Landers Batesville, AR 4860
6 44 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 4800
7 41n Brad Neat Dunnville, KY 4730
8 23 John Blankenship Williamson, WV 4725
9 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC 4570
10 11t Tyler Reddick Corning, CA 4510
11 17m Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA 4400
12 18e Eric Wells Hazard, KY 4130
13 57J Bub McCool Vicksburg, MS 3990
14 99jr Frank Heckenast, Jr. Frankfort, IL 3625
15 c9 Steve Casebolt Richmond, IN 3415

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